Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Father, your truth is made known in your Word. Guide us to seek the truth of the human person. Teach us the way to love because you are Love. Jesus, you embody Love and Truth. Help us to recognize your face in the poor. Enable us to live out our vocation to bring love and justice to your people. Holy Spirit, you inspire us to transform our world. Empower us to seek the common good for all persons. Give us a spirit of solidarity and make us one human family. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

WINTER 2022

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings, 6.30 – 8 pm, Spirit Center
6 Sessions  | 15 February – 29 March 2022
We will not meet on Tuesday, 8 March due to the Parish Mission
Cost: $40.00 (includes +Barron’s book “Light from Light” and printed study guide)
Registration and Payment are due by Noon on Monday, 31 January 2022

** You will receive an email when materials have arrived for pick-up at the parish so you can complete the reading lesson in advance of the first session. **

FALL 2021

 
 

A Powerful Study on the Life of Jesus Christ
The marvelous treasures of the Catholic Faith—the Eucharist, Mary, the saints, and the Creed—are all centered on a single figure: Jesus Christ. Jesus is more than a historical or theological figure. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our God. While many of us already know a lot about him, how well can we say we really know him? Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a new and fresh look at Jesus—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, and what he did for our salvation. This encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life on him as you come to know and love him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings 6.30 – 8 pm, Spirit Center
September: 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 23

Register and submit payment of $35 by Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Summer 2021

** For safety and proper distancing we will only be able to accept 25 persons for this series in order of registration. **

“The great sacraments of the Church are true encounters with Christ. Through the seven sacraments of the Church, Jesus is present. The sacraments have endured for thousands of years and blessed countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them.

Bishop Barron presents lively talks on the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist), the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and finally, the sacraments of vocation or mission (Matrimony and Holy Orders).”

We ask all attendees to wear masks. We will social distance to watch each DVD episode then gather at large tables in groups of 5 for small group discussion. Sessions will run from 6.30 pm until close to 8 pm in the spirit center. There will be reading and question assignments given before each session in the participant book. The cost is $28.00 for the study guide (checks payable to St. Mary, please)

Sessions will be held in the spirit center – Monday evenings beginning at 6.30 pm
June:  14, 21 and 28 and July: 5, 12, and 19

Register and submit payment by Sunday, 23 May 2021

LENT 2021

** For safety and proper distancing we will only be able to accept 25 persons for this series in order of registration. **

“The great sacraments of the Church are true encounters with Christ. Through the seven sacraments of the Church, Jesus is present. The sacraments have endured for thousands of years and blessed countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them.

Bishop Barron presents lively talks on the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist), the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and finally, the sacraments of vocation or mission (Matrimony and Holy Orders).”

Because of the pandemic, this series will be offered on six Tuesday evenings for about 35 minutes each. The session length allows for a brief period of prayer before watching the DVD episode each evening. Chairs for attendees will be placed at a distance apart, all will be asks to wear masks, and we will not gather around tables for small group discussion. For those who attend, you may purchase a study guide if you’d like to be able to have the additional text summaries for each episode and discussion questions to perhaps work thru by yourself, with your spouse, or a friend via telephone or Zoom.

Sessions will be held in the Spirit Center – Tuesday evenings beginning at 6.30 pm
Tuesday 9, 16, and 23 February and Tuesday 2, 16, and 23 March

Register by Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Winter/Spring 2020

 

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a five-part video series and full-length book that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life in this biblical pilgrimage.

While taking this study or reading this book, you will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Mount of Calvary.

Every step of the way, biblical experts reveal how Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death.

With these insights, Catholics can come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love—drawing closer to Jesus than ever have before.

Authored and presented by Edward Sri, No Greater Love also features: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.

In this study, Catholics discover…
– The Biblical background to each scene in Christ’s passion.
– What was Jesus going through at each moment?
– How did the Old Testament foretell of Christ’s death?
– Why did Christ die for us? What did it accomplish?
– What was the meaning behind of the tearing of the temple veil, the crowning with thorns, and other events during Christ’s Passion?

Edward Sri also unpacks commonly misunderstood sayings of Jesus, such as…
– “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass?”—Was Jesus thinking of backing out at the last minute?
– “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?”—Was Jesus really abandoned by the Father on the cross?
– “You have said so.”—What does that mean?

Most of all, Catholics who take this study will encounter God’s love to the fullest.

Pope Benedict XVI invites us to think of the Passion, not just as suffering, but also as the passion of a lover. For in the cross, we see God fully revealed as “a lover with all the passion of a true love”.

Jesus doesn’t want our applause. He wants our hearts. Are you ready to draw closer to Jesus in his passion than you ever have before?

Tuesday Evenings in the Spirit Center
From 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Workbook Cost: $28.00

Registration Due to Parish Office by Noon on Monday, 3 February 2020

Brian McCauley

Director of Religious Education
Office: 740.653.5054